Whenever people visit Oahu, Hawaii, chances are, one of the food stops will include a visit to Leonard’s for their famous malasadas. If you don’t know what malasadas are, you’re definitely missing out. Malasadas are Portuguese doughnuts sans hole, and they are best when eaten hot. The last time I had a Leonard’s malasada was when we were still living on the island over a decade ago.
There are malasadas to be found in a few places here in OC, but none are anywhere close to Leonard’s. But now, Paderia Bakehouse in Fountain Valley, is making malasadas, and making them even better than Leonard’s — yes I said it!
The malasadas at Paderia are softer, not as dense as Leonard’s. Also, they’re not as greasy, and taste good even when they’ve been sitting for a few hours. I tried both the unfilled malasada as well as the ube (taro) cream-filled malasada. You can also get it with haupia (coconut) or nutella filling.
But wait, there’s more! Paderia also serves ensaymadas — a Spanish pastry from Majorca but more well-known within Filipino cuisine. These look more like cupcakes, but have a cheese topping, which makes them savory sweet and some of the most delicious ensaymadas I’ve ever eaten. They are lighter than any ensaymada I’ve ever eaten, and well-balanced in flavor profiles.
Hold on, there’s more! The cookies at Paderia are to die for! Currently, there are three: oatmeal, chocolate chip and chocolate peanut butter. They are chewy and not overly sweet — my favorite is the chocolate peanut butter — perfect for my non-sweet palate.
There is no need to fly over to Oahu to enjoy authentic malasadas any longer. I can’t wait to return again to try the haupia malasada and pick up a few more cookies. Although I don’t often crave sweets, the cookies are perfect for when the moment does hit and I need a little something sweet to satisfy that need.
This week, one of my readers has the opportunity to WIN a dozen malasadas from Paderia Bakehouse. Please leave a comment with your FULL name and tell me why you should be the one bringing these malasadas home with you. Entries close on Friday, May 26th, 2017.
18279 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708